Camp Waskowitz will receive a major make-over by 300 volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 4. The volunteers are members of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and will undertake 20 much-needed improvement projects on the 372-acre facility. Nearly 350,000 students have participated in Camp Waskowitz’s weeklong outdoor environmental education experience since its inception 67 years ago. “I truly feel as if Waskowitz has won the lottery,” said Director Roberta McFarland. “Thanks to the partnership and support by the NAIOP, future students will have a better facility to enjoy for years to come.” NAIOP will bring together the expertise of the real estate, construction, and design communities to complete 20 major projects including:

  • Re-staining the cabins, council hall, and lookout tower
  • Relocating a large deck to the other side of the council hall
  • Refurbishing benches and picnic tables by the river-side amphitheater
  • Repairing trails and installing trail gates
  • Installing an ADA ramp to the nurse and staff building
  • Constructing a 150 square foot green house to grow tree seedlings
  • Removing extensive non-native invasive plants
  • Placing 200 tons of crushed rock on walkways and parking lots
While Highline Public Schools owns and operates Camp Waskowitz, many other schools and groups across the state use the facility each year. Built in 1935 as a temporary facility for the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), the original buildings are still used today. It is a state and national historic preservation site and one of only two CCC camps in the U.S. with all of the original buildings still standing. Camp Waskowtiz includes four large dorms and cabins, a dining hall, barn, council hall, education center, administration buildings, and other structures. In addition to the buildings, there are miles of trails on either side of the Snoqualmie River. Event Details:
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014:
  • 7:00 – 7:30 a.m.: Volunteers arrive
  • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.: Welcome and Kick-off
  • 8:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Volunteers work on 20 projects in groups
  • 1:00 p.m.: BBQ lunch is served
  •  1:30 p.m.: Volunteers finish remainder of projects
WHERE:  Camp Waskowitz, 45505 SE 150th Street, North Bend, WA 98045
For more information about attending the event, please contact Catherine Carbone Rogers at (206) 631-3002, [email protected]. ]]>